Online Master of Arts in Special Education – Applied Behavior Analysis
With Arizona State University’s Master of Arts in special education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis, you’ll learn the principles and foundations of applied behavior analysis and how it can be used to teach new skills and improve human behavior. The courses in this program are verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International® and can prepare you to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) exam.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 10
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 30
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What is applied behavior analysis?
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a systematic and scientifically-based approach to understanding behavior. ABA can be used to teach new skills, enhance performance or reduce challenging behaviors in people of all ages, with or without disabilities. The specific focus of ABA therapy is unique to each person or situation, but the overall goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and promote learning. Applied behavior analysis can be used with any population including children, adults, families and communities. There are also a variety of settings in which ABA is useful such as education, business and health care.
ASU Online's applied behavior analysis degree concentration will teach you the process of ABA while focusing on ethical principles and evidence-based best practices. This includes practicing how to assess behavior, develop personalized therapy plans and use data to track progress. You’ll also discover how people learn and explore theories of behavior change.
How this online master’s prepares you for the BCBA exam
This master’s in applied behavior analysis includes coursework that meets the Association for Behavior Analysis International verified course sequence requirements to qualify to sit for the BCBA exam. You’ll need to meet additional requirements before you can be deemed eligible to take the exam. We offer an optional practicum if you’re seeking to accrue BCBA supervised field experience.
Does this special education master’s prepare me to become an ABA therapist?
This online special education master’s with an ABA concentration teaches you the process of ABA while focusing on ethical principles and evidence-based best practices. This includes practicing how to assess behavior, developing personalized therapy plans and using data to track progress. You’ll also discover how people learn and explore theories of behavior change.
ABA graduate program classes
This ABA degree offers verified coursework that meets the requirements for the BCBA exam. This means our curriculum meets the highest standards and teaches empathetic and scientifically proven methods for behavior change. Program courses give you the opportunity to gain practical experience with ABA and get feedback from certified instructors with professional experience in the field.
Behavior Analytic Assessment
Behavior Change Procedures: Implementing Interventions in Behavior Analysis
Concepts & Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
Ethics of Applied Behavior Analysis
Measurement, Data Display, Interpretation & Experimental Design
Personnel Supervision and Organizational Behavior Management in Educational Settings
Philosophical Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis in Educational Settings
Advanced Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis
The jobs an ABA master’s concentration prepares you for
The need for ABA expertise is growing across the country, meaning there are ample career opportunities in the field. A recent report from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board found demand for individuals holding BCBA or BCBA-D certification has increased by 80%.
Graduates with a special education master’s with an ABA concentration can work in education, program management, speech pathology, social work, behavioral consulting and more. For example, in special education ABA is useful in helping students who face learning or behavior challenges such as autism or ADHD. ABA can also be used to improve workplace culture, increase sustainability practices and boost performance in sports. Students in this program aren’t required to earn the BCBA certification and there are many careers where ABA skills are useful, but a BCBA certification isn’t required. This degree doesn’t lead to teacher certification. Potential careers include, but aren’t limited to:
Applied behavior analysis degree concentration admission requirements
Applicants to the Master of Arts in special education who want to pursue the applied behavior analysis concentration must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.
Earn your ABA degree concentration from a world-class teachers college
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. According to U.S. News & World Report, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is the only U.S. college of education to rank in the top 15 in both on-campus and online graduate education degrees.
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